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Wrought iron gates at the Northern entrance to Victoria Park park, c1905

The main phase of Victoria Park’s exciting heritage project is now complete and has seen the key features of the park transformed.

Erewash Borough Council secured £740,800 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project. Major restoration work was undertaken, and some of the changes made include:

• The restoration of the bowling green pavilion, creating a new refreshment kiosk, toilet facilities and a community room for use by the bowls club and local groups.

• New gates at the park’s two entrances on the corner of Drummond Road and Bristol Road and the corner of Manners Road and Bristol Road.

• Specialist restoration of the bandstand, completed off site by Lost Art in Wigan, Lancashire.

• A new timber pergola installed; refurbishment of the marble pillars and newly designed planting beds, with a new scheme designed by one of Erewash Borough Councils apprentices (part of this project), based on designs shown in old photos of the park.

• Path improvements using resin bonded gravel to highlight the areas around the heritage features including the bandstand and entrance gates.

As part of the HLF project, Community Ranger Helen Mitchem has been appointed for three years to provide a busy activity plan at the park to bring new people into the park and to offer interesting new opportunities for local people to enjoy and volunteer in this fabulous green space. Regular recreational activities in the park such as Tai Chi and Bootcamp have been set up; new music in the bandstand and children’s activities including Forest School sessions for local schools and the “Wildlife Watch” club.

If you would like further information on this project contact helen.mitchem@erewash.gov.uk

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP 0115 907 2244